10 Random Acts of Kindness to Moms That Will Melt Your Heart
Simple, kind acts—from offering to buy a mom her cup of coffee to sending anonymous care packages—show that the little things can go a long way. For Random Acts of Kindness Week, we pulled together 10 heartwarming stories, ranging from the simple to the extraordinary, that will inspire you to put a little bit of good back into the world.
A Ray of Sunshine
One mom was picking up dinner with three kids under age 6 in tow, and a simple act from a stranger was all she needed.
“To the man who so patiently held the door open for me, getting wet in the freezing rain while I unloaded three children from their car seats, thank you. Your small gesture of kindness was appreciated,” said mom Grace Orsatti in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Food for the Soul
A single mother took her family to a Pizza Hut one Friday night. She apologized to a young man seated alone in a nearby booth for how loud the children might get. Having three children of his own, he told her not to worry. Before he left, the man paid for the family’s bill and asked the waitress to give them a gift card and a three-page letter on his behalf. Below is an excerpt of the letter:
“I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes. I have to say thank you for parenting your children in such a loving manner… Keep up the good work and when it starts to get tough do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised.” You can read the full letter on ABC.
The Calm After a Storm
One mom and her 4-year-old son, wearing only T-shirts, were at the grocery store when a sudden hail storm hit. When they later went outside to check on the situation, the mom was crying because her car was totaled and her son was freezing. A stranger ran over to them in the parking lot and put a jacket on her son, telling him to stay warm.
“As quickly as she was there, she was gone. It was like a whirlwind for me and I never even got to thank this woman. Her simple act of kindness is something that I have not, nor will ever forget,” said the mom.
Passing It On
Kind acts can also stem from moms themselves. Sheila, a mom of two and Pennies of Time blogger, wanted her two boys to celebrate their new cousin and all that moms do, so she motivated them to complete different not-so-random (but nevertheless inspiring) acts of kindness for moms. From sending love notes to delivering care packages, Sheila and her sons found many sweet, sweet ways to shower moms with some much needed kindness and love.
“The moms that have received our love have been so appreciative,” wrote Sheila, “Every time we go complete an Act of Kindness for a Mom, the boys are always like–’Can’t we do just one more today?’ FUN!”
Patience Salgado’s sister had a “magical way of anonymous giving.” During the earlier days when Patience ate ramen noodles and couldn’t afford health insurance for her baby, her sister would send gift packages to Patience’s doorstep without a note, among other anonymous acts. But her sister would never confess. Now, Patience shares her acts of kindness, from small notes left in books at the library to offering a cold drink for someone on the street, in her blog Kindness Girl.
“Over time I realized that kindness came in all forms and I didn’t have to be rich to spread love and joy in the world… I have been on both ends of kindness and decided this was the work of my life. When I looked back, kindness had been calling me all along,” said Patience.
A True Thanksgiving Tale
After losing her two daughters and her job, Ava McBrayer became homeless. Her first daughter was stillborn, and her second died from cancer when she was 9 years old. Ava had fallen behind on her payments for a storage space, where she kept all her belongings including her daughters’ urns. One Thanksgiving, after hearing the account on a local ABC Action News channel, viewers in Detroit jumped into action, donating new clothes and even a gift card.
“I can’t wait to try them on and perk myself up a little bit,” said Ava in the ABC article. “My faith in humanity has not been forsaken. I know we are living in a caring world.”
Kindness Comes in All Forms and Sizes
In the early months of her pregnancy, one mama-to-be received a gift for her baby from a 7-year-old girl named Cynthia who she used to nanny. It turns out that the gift was Cynthia’s first toy as a baby.
“When my mom brought this home I was in tears. It was the sweetest and most heartwarming act of kindness I have ever experienced. I keep her toy in his closet to keep it safe and to remind me that being kind comes in all forms and sizes. I want to show my son that kindness exists and I hope he will be as sweet and kind as she was to him and to me,” wrote the expecting mom.
When Kindness Keeps on Going
When her first son was a toddler and her second just a newborn, Genesis (now a mom of three who writes from Guatemala on her blog Expat Mom) met another mom at the park who was in Guatemala only temporarily to adopt a baby girl.
“Now, this was a point in time when we had very little. Our house was just two rooms at that point and Dorian was sleeping in a Pack and Play while the baby slept in a well lined and padded baby tub beside the bed,” wrote Genesis.
The day the mom was leaving Guatemala, she ended up giving Genesis several things she had owned, including a bouncy chair, a bike, toys, books and even a scooter. Although this was six years ago, the scooter is still in daily use. “That scooter just keeps going!”
Great Balls of Fire!
After 10-year-old Zna Gresham escaped from her smoke-filled apartment, she saved a baby’s life. Her neighbor had no choice but to drop their three young children from a window. Zna didn’t hesitate and caught the youngest, a 1-month-old baby.
“In our family, we take care of our neighbors, no matter what,” she told a local Channel 2 Action News.
Needing to make dinner, Laura braved the grocery store with her soon hollering newborn and a just-as-loud 2-year-old. Fed up with her sons’ unrelenting cries and the looks from strangers in a packed store, Laura decided to abandon the cart and leave. But her toddler refused to get out of the cart and later even threw himself onto the floor in the middle of the store’s entrance. “Someone needs some help,” said a kind woman, and she picked up Laura’s son, walked him to the car, and fastened him to his car seat.
Laura recounts to an Adventures in Motherhood writer how, as Laura was fighting back tears, the woman offered some much-needed words, “Two little boys did this same thing to someone 20 years ago, and she cried all the way home… Don’t worry. This too, shall pass.”
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